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Kaupapa Māori Psychology

Kaupapa Māori Psychology provides students with a firm grounding in Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous Psychologies, where Māori worldviews are considered alongside psychological theories, methods and models in real world contexts where Māori livelihoods are impacted.

A new minor in Kaupapa Māori Psychology starts in 2022

Students will have the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge relating to national, regional and international indigenous psychology issues in the contemporary world and of the complex and inter-related nature of those issues as they pertain to Māori, culture and land, to the Treaty itself, and to indigenous peoples.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

  • Psychologist

Study in Tauranga

Online and in-person study options are available in Tauranga

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HELTH110Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper examines a social determinants approach to Health. It includes exploration of a range of interactions that influence the health of populations and determinants of health in New Zealand and global contexts.
MAOED100Huarahi Matauranga Māori: Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Māori Education15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online)
This paper examines historical and contemporary approaches in Maori education provision in Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores policies, practices and developments that have impacted on the educational development of Maori.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24I (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.
PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan development, and social factors in a range of contexts.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MAORI200Mana Wahine15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper examines foundational aspects of mana wahine scholarship, the impact of colonisation on Maori and Indigenous women, and the resistant spaces negotiated by Maori women including their contributions to decolonisation.
MAORI203Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples15.024A (Hamilton)
The paper looks at the detrimental effects that research has historically had on Indigenous peoples and the relatively recent creation of research methodologies by Indigenous peoples to counteract Imperial research, and to empower and decolonise.
MAORI204Māori and Pacific Health and Wellbeing15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper looks at health and wellbeing from Maori and Pacific perspectives, including models and frameworks in relation to Health, Sport, Human Performance, and Nursing.
PSYCH202Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
The paper will examine important conceptual frameworks and theory within social psychology and the social sciences generally. Maori perspectives and exemplars will be a significant emphasis within the paper.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CMYHE301Critical Perspectives of Health15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online)
In this paper students will critically engage with a range of contemporary health and social issues using a case study approach. This will include gaining a comprehensive understanding of the role of the media, popular culture and interest groups and critiquing contemporary health and social issues.
MAORI303Critical Indigenous Theory15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper looks at the key theoretical influences, from Marxism to post-structuralism, upon critical Indigenous studies and the most significant writings by those Indigenous scholars who have chosen to engage with critical theory.
PSYCH303Indigenous Psychology15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
Students develop a critical analysis of the positions of contemporary Indigenous peoples through discussion and examination of the Western world and New Zealand society. The theory base is drawn predominantly from Maori and indigenous development, community and social psychology and of health and social policy.
SOCPY301Health, Wellbeing and Policy15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper provides a critical introduction to key issues in the formation of health policy at both a national and international level.

Subject requirements

Kaupapa Māori Psychology is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Kaupapa Māori Psychology, students must complete 60 points, including PSYCH202 and PSYCH303.

The remaining 30 points must be selected from: ARTSC101, CMYHE101HELTH101MAOED100MAORI150PSYCH101MAORI200MAORI203MAORI204CMYHE301MAORI303SCIEN305 or SOCPY301

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Subject links

Psychology Programme


For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: [email protected]

Further information is also available from:

School of Psychology
Phone: 07 838 4032